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Steve Luxenberg: Plessy v. Ferguson--Race in American Memory - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Thursday, January 23, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


In May of 1896, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Plessy V. Ferguson. Though the justices’ 7-1 decision created little stir among the public, it helped lay the foundation for racial segregation and inequality for generations to come. Now synonymous with “separate but equal,” Plessy would later come to be seen as a turning point on race in the American narrative, yet the details of the case remain vague in American memory. Who was Plessy and what color was he? What was he arrested for, and where did it happen? Were the justices from the North or South? 

In commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is proud to partner with Grand Valley’s Division of Inclusion & Equity to welcome Steve Luxenberg, award-winning writer and associate editor of The Washington Post. Steve’s book, Separate: Plessy V. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation is“a brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America,” according to Bob Woodward. Steve joins us to discuss his book and its place in American memory today. 

Recommended Parking: Seward Ramp

All forums are free and open to the public. Reservations for forums are strongly recommended. They guarantee a seat in the building but not in the main hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the main hall open approximately a half hour before the program begins.



Allie Goeddeke
Office Coordinator, Hauenstein Center
Grand Valley State University
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